Posted by: eveyoga | February 19, 2010

Under My Own Steam

Having cast off from Rehab yesterday, I’m the one now entirely responsible for my new hips. Like taking a perfectly healthy plant home from the nursery or a puppy from the pet shop, one hopes that it hasn’t just had it’s best period of its young existence.

I admit I probably overdid it yesterday. I was so excited to be home that I did my version of laps around the property (without a walking stick), admiring all the work Rick and Heather had done over the last 3 weeks. With the recent rains and late summer growing weather still kicking in, our land looks magnificent. By the time I hit my elevated-on-“elephant-legs” bed, I was muscle-sore and tired. However, my spirit was still doing laps.

Today I was finally back in the Yoga Shed. There’s the background of yoga, with all the mats, blocks, blankets, bolsters, and so on, but now what’s happening in the foreground is very much physiotherapy exercises. Which are made up of tightening this and tensing that, so my new pins will be held firmly and forever held in place. My mindset is yogic as I concentrate on keeping track of the reps and connecting the brain with the buttock muscles.

I’m not doing my work on the floor. I’m doing my workout on a dining table, first lying supine, then lying supine, and all the while making sure I adhere strictly to the total hip replacement restriction of not flexing my hips more than 90 degrees for three more weeks. I feel normal enough that this is not always easy to do.

But you wouldn’t want to overfeed your puppy or overwater your new plant, so I’m trying to give my hips the hothouse treatment and gradually let them stride out for longer laps.

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